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ECVET for Permeability and Transferability between the Non-Formal and Formal VET System
Start date: Jan 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Every year across Europe hundreds of thousands of individuals attend non-formal VET programmes (e.g. IVET & CVET programmes which do not lead to formal certification) in order to acquire and/or update their knowledge, skills and competences. However, in practice the visibility and transferability of the learning outcomes obtained in such non-formal VET programmes remains quite problematic due to the fact that training that takes place within the non-formal VET system, often does not result in credits that can be accumulated or transferred to other learning contexts. As a result, learning outcomes (i.e. knowledge, skills and competences) obtained within the non-formal VET system, are often not recognized for further studies in the formal VET system (e.g. HE VET) neither within nor outside the national boarders. The lack of permeability and transferability between the non-formal and formal VET systems, at national and European level, results in hundreds of thousands of training and productivity hours being lost when individuals decide to move from the one learning context to the other (i.e. from non-formal to formal), and constitutes a major motivational barrier in the educational path for hundreds of thousands of learners who wish to achieve a formal qualification either for securing a job or moving up the professional ladder. Recognizing the importance of the recognition and transferability of learning outcomes acquired within different learning contexts for enhancing employability and mobility as well as increasing motivation for lifelong learning, the Council of the European Union has adopted in 2012 the Recommendation for the Validation of non-formal and informal learning. The Recommendation instructs the Members States "to have in place no later than 2018, in accordance with national circumstances and specificities, and as they deem appropriate, arrangements for the validation of non-formal and informal learning." The overall aim of the ECVET PERMiT project is the implementation of the ECVET methodology in the curricula of VET study programmes within the non- formal and formal VET system, in an effort to increase the permeability and transferability of the learning outcomes achieved from the one learning context to the other. Specifically, the project aims to apply the ECVET methodology for describing, assessing and validating learning outcomes in a selected number of vocational programmes (focusing primarily in three technical specializations), in three Member States (Cyprus, Malta, and Greece), in order to test the transferability of credits from the non-formal to the formal VET system, firstly within the national boarders and secondly on a transnational level. The project implementation will thus involve three specific objectives: (1) To apply the ECVET methodology in a selected number of technical vocation programmes within the non-formal and formal VET systems in three EU countries: Cyprus, Malta and Greece; (2) To test the transferability of learning outcomes from the non-formal to the formal VET system at national and transnational level; (3) To raise awareness within the VET community about the benefits of the implementation of the ECVET system and promote the implementation of ECVET for permeability and transferability within the non-formal and formal VET system at national and European level. In order to ensure the success of the project and validity of results, six (6) key stakeholders from three (3) Member States (Cyprus, Greece, Malta) representing the government, semi-government, and private VET sector, have joined forces for this partnership. Analytically, 4 VET providers from Cyprus, Greece and Malta, all key public and private providers in technical vocation in the non-formal and formal VET system, one national VET policy organization, and one company pioneer in the use and application of ECVET in vocational training, form the core of this partnership and are uniquely positioned to produce high impact results both at national and European level.

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